A 360-degree view of All-Energy Australia

The clean energy situation

More than 3,500 visitors and 240 exhibitors at Australia’s leading clean and renewable energy event

The All-Energy Australia 2011 Conference and Exhibition at the Melbourne Conference Centre from 12-13 October 2011 attracted a record number of delegates. In its third year and with the support of the State Government of Victoria, the conference is Australia’s largest clean and renewable energy event.

3,600 delegates from 24 countries around the world joined a total of 240 exhibitors to make the conference a resounding success. All were eager to take the pulse of Australia’s – and the Asian-Pacific region’s – clean energy situation.

From day one we set out to show what is possible and that means highlighting a broad range of renewable energy alternatives.

Boyd Dale, All-Energy Regional Director

360 degree view
With so much to see and hear the two days flew by as delegates shuttled back and forth between the exhibition hall and the multi-stream conference. One of the most interesting conference streams presented expert speakers from the world of clean and renewable energy technologies. These included wave and tidal, wind, hydrogen and fuel cells, solar, bioenergy and geothermal energy. Other streams dealt with financial, social and political issues relating to the commercialisation and implementation of clean and renewable energy. In two days, delegates could gain an informed 360 degree view of the current clean energy situation.

Energy efficiency
The exhibition also included space dedicated to exhibitors dealing with energy efficiency and energy in the built environment. As All-Energy Regional Director Mr. Boyd Dale explained: “From day one we set out to show what is possible and that means highlighting a broad range of renewable energy alternatives.” The All-Energy event certainly lived up to its aim of providing an independent and comprehensive vehicle for the clean and renewable energy sector.

Carbon and revolution

Whether you are for or against it, there is no doubt the nation’s long-term future will include clean and renewable energy.

Boyd Dale, All-Energy Regional Director

As if to demonstrate the importance of the conference themes, the Australian Parliament’s much-debated vote on a carbon tax coincided with the opening of the conference. In Australia, the carbon tax has been the subject of heavily polarised opinion.

But as All-Energy Regional Director Mr. Boyd Dale pointed out: “Whether you are for or against it, there is no doubt the nation’s long-term future will include clean and renewable energy.”

The importance of the carbon tax issue was further highlighted by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s pre-recorded opening address, while a lively round table panel discussion involving both government and shadow ministers closed the event. All in all a hot topic at the conference.

The next industrial revolution?
Many experts claim that clean and renewable energy lie at the heart of what is called the next industrial revolution. This, they claim, consists of two elements.

Firstly, the generation of clean energy, and secondly the use of less power to achieve the same result. The conference aim was to bring delegates up to date with key issues and developments, including what this might mean in a business perspective.

In particular from the viewpoint of cost competitiveness, which is a key parameter, making the minimisation of energy charges an important factor. This theme was highlighted by a conference stream presented by the Australian Energy Efficiency Council, which focused on energy efficiency in the future for industry and cities.

There were also presentations on embracing clean energy in the areas of industry, local councils and state government.


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